Reps pay tribute to late Thatcher

Ibadan – Some members of the House of Representatives have joined other sympathisers globally to condole with the people and government of the United Kingdom over  the death of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, Rep.  Nnenna Elendu-Ukeje,  said that Britain had  lost a  senior parliamentarian and great  leader.

Elendu-Ukeje (PDP-Abia) said the former prime minister worked very hard during her lifetime in a male dominated stage to  fight for the emancipation of women.

“It is very sad that she died now. The history of Britain would never be complete  without the contribution of  Margaret Thatcher, ’’ she said.

The lawmaker said Thatcher “was a very astute and visionary leader. She put paid  to the excuse that women cannot attain higher position.’’

Ukeje said that the late Thatcher “was the most competent British prime Minister ever produced in 30 years and an outstanding occupant of 10 Downing street.’’

Speaking in the same vein, Rep.  Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Affairs, described late Thatcher as a woman of courage.

Dabiri (ACN-Lagos) said that the late Thatcher demonstrated that with determination, especially by  women, any goal could be achieved.

While condoling with the people and government of Britain, Dabiri said: “No doubt, the country has lost a great prime minister, a great leader and an accomplished woman of courage.’’

Known as the Iron Lady, NAN reports that Margaret Thatcher governed Britain from 1979 to 1990.

She will go down in history not only as Britain’s first female prime minister, but as the woman who transformed Britain’s economy and a formidable rival on the international stage.

Lady Thatcher was the only British prime minister to leave behind a set of ideas about the role of the state which other leaders and nations strove to copy and apply.

Lady Thatcher published two volumes of memoirs.

The first, The Downing Street Years (1993), covered her time as prime minister  while the second volume, The Path to Power (1995), concerned her early life.

She also published a magisterial volume on international affairs.

Thatcher, born on Oct. 13, 1925, died on Monday morning at Ritz Hotel, London , at the age of 87. (NAN)

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